I have so much to do, AAAAAHHHHHGH. My graduation date is creeping up on me, and so my attention is shifting from internship and school related work to the post grad life. On the one hand, it’s more stressful, because student loans will be upping the financial pressure and I will be most likely losing my student job at the same time, but on the other I can’t wait, because opportunity will become that much more free form when I am no longer required to adhere to academic requirements.
One of the hard truths about LIS education is that there is just too much to learn to fit into two years of education, and at the same time the classroom is not always the best way to gain that education. The old joke/adage/lamentation is that Library Science may be a practical field, but Library Science education likes to go for the theoretical. What that basically means is that if you’re serious about getting out of school with a competitive skillset you better be doing something more than going to class on time. This problem becomes obvious when you look at job postings. Two to five years of direct experience for most job, demonstrated skills, etc… How much of our classroom experience counts? On the one hand, we did learn something. On the other, is what we learned what prospective employers want from us? It can be difficult to tell.
Typically when that all important question, “If you had one super power, what would it be,” comes up, my answer is something like indestructibility, but right now I’d be happy with mind reading. If only I could peer into the brains of the people in charge of hiring decisions.
That’s one of the reasons I like Hiring Librarians so much. It takes some of the opacity out of the process by getting hiring librarians to answer questions about the resume and interview process. Some of that information inspires terror (some of the stuff people say matters I never would have considered), but mostly all I feel is relief. If there are so many differing opinions on what the right way to do something is, it’s simply impossible for me to do it perfectly every time, so I can stop sweating the small stuff and get to the meat of the process.